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Algorithms (Sadie Clark & Laura Elmes Productions)

By | Published on Wednesday 14 August 2019

When connecting with others is easier than ever, why is Brooke so lonely? Freshly dumped and working a numbing job for a dating app, she starts searching for love in the era of the life-governing algorithm. Writer/performer Sadie Clark is hugely charismatic, selling both the jokes and the moments of pathos with equal expertise. The staging too is slick and involving, in particular Nicola Chang’s subtle, sophisticated sound design. While the script is a little unfocused – an early embarrassing incident feels like it’ll be the genesis for what’s to come, but is dropped and never revisited – Brooke’s dating misadventures are painfully well-observed. We aren’t exactly lacking for plays about the love lives of London twenty-somethings – happily, this is a good one.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Jon Stapley]